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The first printing of King Tubby's biography, The Dub Master (DREAD Editions), is almost sold out!

And it was not even reviewed anywhere... yet!

Thanks to all who ordered the book. This is very pleasing to see that King Tubby still fascinates people after all these years - and not only grown-ups! Many people from various countries got in touch with me, and believe me, King Tubby is still regarded as the musical genius to look up to by the young generation of engineers. Some people are still trying to do as g...

This is a very rare 45, and a very good one too: Skaravan by Roland Alphonson (Top Deck Records). It was offered for sale on eBay the other day, and it went for a good amount of money. Original Jamaican 45s can be very expensive as more and more collectors are becoming aware of their value - be it historical, artistic of financial. And it is, overall, a good thing.

But this copy has something very special. It bears the signature of its former owner. And guess who we're talking about? King Tubby himself!

Tha...

The issue of BM featuring King Tubby's interview, as well as a full-length article

about Jamaica and various artists by Carl 'Jahug' Gayle.

Osbourne ‘King Tubby’ Ruddock is a key figure of Jamaican music, yet he’s quite unknown outside reggae circles. Although he invented Dub in the early 70s; although he operated the best sound system ever; although his studio has shaped the majority of the songs recorded in the roots era of the 1970s —almost nothing was known about him until we published his first biogra...

Ray Wilson lives in New York, but he grew up in Spanish Town, Jamaica. So when he got his copy of King Tubby-The Dub Master (DREAD Editions), he immediately sent a picture of  page 65 featuring  an incredible ad for a Tubby dance held in Spanish Town (see below) on October 3rd, 1970. This document was sent to us by lickitback. It is particularly well put together, with a nice picture of "your main man JACKO" who held the dance.

Now someone in Spanish Town remembers the LOVELY GUEST CLUB where the dance...

This picture is taken from the King Tubby book and it was taken in 2018 in Greenwich Farm, Kingston, in Lizzy's yard. It was such a pleasure to meet this great early deejay! I had been looking for him for almost 20 years. And this is probably the best picture I took during my 2018 trip.

Lizzy started in the late 60s with Jammy's HiFi sound system. He is an original soundman, who used to wire the sound, to select records and then to deejay. He loved sound systems with a passion! And when he talks about the g...

English version below.

Comme écrit dans le livre King Tubby—the Dub master (DREAD Editions),  seuls trois enregistrements des soirées mythiques du King Tubby’s Hi Fi sound system nous sont parvenus. Dont un, exceptionnel, daté de 1975, avec U Roy au micro, toastant jusqu’aux prochaines dates. Ces témoignages sont d’une grande valeur historique et artistique malgré leur qualité souvent relative (ils proviennent d’enregistrements réalisés à partir de ghetto blasters). Les spécialistes sont persuadés qu’il en...

Mikey Gordon-Martin, aka Mikey Faith, was born 'under the clock' (of halway Tree) as they say in Jamaica, with a silver spoon in the mouth. He once ran one of the most iconic sound systems in Jamaica, Emperor Faith. He was known for playing the most Studio One Dubs in the world—these songs were cut on dub machines (most of the time at Tubby’s) and offered exclusive mixes of regular songs. Dubs were expensive, and most sound systems were playing both regular 45s and Dubs. Not Mikey. The early deejay Lizzy l...

King Tubby’s legendary sound came from the MCI console that he bought in 1972—and more specifically from a big red knob!

In 1972, Dynamic Sounds got rid of the old MCI console that was used in Studio B. King Tubby bought it on Bunny Lee’s advice, and built a home studio in his mother’s bedroom at 18 Dromilly Avenue, Waterhouse. And it changed everything.

Some say King Tubby dismantled the console to improve it. His childhood friend Snaffles is adamant that King Tubby opened it before his eyes to improve it....

Le Home Town Hi Fi dans les années 60 (DREAD Editions)

1975 ou 1976 ? Les spécialistes s’interrogent sur la date de cessation d’activité du mythique sound system de King Tubby qui, fut, comme on le sait, détruit par la police du côté de Saint Thomas. L’interview parue en 1976 dans Black Music parle du clash à venir du Hi Fi contre Coxsone (il fut remplacé par Emperor Faith). Donc, il jouait encore à ce moment-là. Mais après recherches, l’interview a eu lieu en 1975 ! On en était donc restés, là : 1975. Mais...

Donovan Kingjay est connu aujourd'hui pour sa carrière de chanteur (donovankingjay.com). Mais en 1974, il a lancé et dirigé le Lord Creation sound system, dans le East London. Et dès 1976, il commence à se fournir en dub plates auprès de King Tubby, en Jamaïque (jusqu'à se rendre sur place, en 1983) ! Sa première dub plate ? Des versions vocales et des mix inédits de Yabby You, Walls of Jerusalem et Fight For Your Rights. On peut en écouter quelques secondes sur le groupe  Facebook Roots Youth Records: Dai...

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